Abels & Annes

Illinois school bus crash – vehicle hits school building

A Chicago area school bus accident occurred on Thursday around 5 PM when a bus drove through a brick wall into a classroom in South Suburban Orland Park. Trib Local in Orland Park is reporting that the accident occurred at Central Junior High School, part of Orland School District 135. The bus was on school grounds for a volleyball game.

The crash reportedly occurred when the accelerator pedal stuck to the floor and would not release. By Thursday night maintenance crews started work to repair the damage.

The Orland Park Police Department is investigating the accident. No injuries have been reported and no children were on the bus at the time of the incident.

If the school bus driver was hurt in the accident, he or she will have a workers’ comp claim under Illinois law. Whether the accelerator pedal stuck or the driver just loss control the bus will be irrelevant as far as a work injury claim is concerned. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault law in the State of Illinois.